RAKOTOMANANA Mialinirina Zoelisoa

RAKOTOMANANA Mialinirina Zoelisoa - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor / Co-founder at YALRH/ SRH Coordinator
Organization: Young African Leaders in Reproductive Health YALRH
Current Location: Madagascar, Southern Africa
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masterclass in HIV/AIDS, TB and Human rights, at ARASA Aids&Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    video contest ICFP 2015
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    August 15, 2015
  • Award:
    Video contest ICFP 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    June 20, 2018
  • Award:
    Global Peace Chain Ambassador Madagascar 2018-2020
    Awarding Organization:
    Global Peace Chain
    Date Awarded:
    November 14, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
National coordinator of SRHR program at FIM, co-producing a sexual health education at radio station in Madagascar, manager of SRH community project and co-founder of RH young african leaders – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I started my contributions to SRHR, family planning since 2014. I lead a community project to scalling up sexual education and reproductive in a village of my region. The main goals of the project were to strenghen the comprehensive sexual education and reproductive health to young people, building right informations on STIs, HIV/AIDS, changing mind behaviours and increased their understanding on family planning. 1000 young people benefited the project during one year supported by UNFPA Madagascar and a civil society organization. My study in medecine also gave me the platform to advance family planning in my country. I used to counselling, offering family planning methods to women and young people with comfortable choice at the public hospital during my internship.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning takes 2 main reasons. My country is one of the poorest countries with an average per capita income very low. Besides of that country’s situation, a numerous of 17 years of girls delivering birth and others already with 4, 5 children. The morbidity and mortality of young women in delivering birth are still high despite the clinical improvement. I saw many young women lost their lives through complications.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

After participating at ICFP2018 and former participant at ARASA (AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa), I co-created a network for young leaders passionate on sexual and reproductive health and family planning in 11 African country. The platform is to make young people comfortable to discuss and to share young health issues related to SRHR. We also deliver an online training on advocacy, human rights including right to access to new modern contraceptives.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If I will be one of the winners of 120under40, 2 particular platforms will be focused. I will improve the network of young people engaged in SRHR and family planning. It will be improved in terms of online training, advocacy online course and spread the courses to reach more young people regionally. I will deliver a physical training and workshop to young people in my country on SRH and advacing family planning to young mother who mostly victim of unspacing child birth.

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